The Digital Arts Initiative is spearheaded by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and is a collaborative effort among faculty from the School of Art and Art History and Design, the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film, and the Glenn Korff School of Music to provide interested students from all majors hands-on experience applying current technology to the arts.

Students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln interested in the potential of collaboration with their peers in art, music, theater, film, emerging media arts, and related areas may also enjoy a focused study in digital arts. By expanding the student’s understanding of the application of technology in the arts, the Digital Arts Initiative will enhance the student’s creative options within their major. These elective classes will bring together students from various disciplines to share their unique perspectives. Faculty members include professionals who are committed to helping students achieve their full artistic and technical potential. Standards are rigorous, and expectations are high.

Of special note to Art students: all Digital Arts Initiative courses (even those without Art prefixes) count as studio credit.


SPRING 2022 PRE-SESSION COURSES

MUSC 198 – Special Topics in Music - Music Production via Music Notation: An Introduction (1 credit hour)

Course will be taught online from January 3-14, 2022

Instructor: Brian Moore - brian.moore@unl.edu

Introduction to Reading and Composing with Standard Music Notation as a Means for Digital Music Production. Learn how to create music for acoustic and electronic instruments while developing music reading skills thru the use of the MuseScore music notation software (open source). Assumes no music reading ability.


MUSC 282 – Introduction to Music Composition and Digital Audio Production (3 credit hours)

Course will be taught online from January 3-28, 2022

Instructor: Brian Moore - brian.moore@unl.edu

Fundamentals of music composition with attention to creating original music in digital mediums including MIDI and digital audio. Theory and practice in improvisation as related to composition as well as techniques for reworking musical ideas towards creating a finished composition.


Spring 2022 Courses

THEA 291Q – Digital Art and 2D Animation

MW 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Instructor: Chris Irvin - cirvin@unl.edu

This class will explore the use of mobile devices as art creation tools. Utilizing mobile phones, Apple iPads, Apple Pencils, and applications that include Procreate, FlipaClip, Adobe mobile apps, and Adobe After Effects, students will gain a foundational knowledge of digital art and 2D animation. This includes exploration and experimentation with storytelling, digital drawing & illustration, character design, 2D animation techniques, digital compositing, and motion graphics. Students will be supplied with an Apple iPad, Pencil, and licensed versions of the required apps for the duration of the class.


MUSC 291Q – Creative Coding: iOS Music App Development

TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Instructor: Brian Moore - brian.moore@unl.edu

This course is an introduction to writing software for musical, creative and artistic contexts: Using iOS (iPhone and iPad) as a platform, you will learn the computer language Swift (the language which is the basis for native iOS applications) as well as Xcode, a professional Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Assumes no previous experience.


MUSC 383 – Music Technology and Advanced Audio Production

TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Tom Larson - tlarson3@unl.edu 

Advanced work in audio recording and production with an emphasis on creating dynamic audio mixes for different musical contexts. Extensive work with DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and audio hardware such as microphones and mixing consoles, as well as foundational experience in using editing/mastering software.


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  • Photos of students using a green screen and recording a piano
  • students in a ready for drawing class
  • DAI students working
  • DAI Students working
  • students using computers in Richards 17
  • Digital arts students
  • students using computers in Richards 17